Tom Burney to Speak at Suburban Development: Post-Recession Trends From The Developer’s Perspective

The American Planning Association–Chicago Metro Section–is to host an open discussion on “Suburban Development: Post-Recession Trends fro the Developers’ Perspective” on Friday, February 26, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

As the region continues to recover from the recession, all sectors of the economy have had to make adjustments.  This includes the development community, whose projects and efforts have distinct impacts on neighborhoods, local economies, and municipal services.  Hear from a panel of development professionals to get their perspectives on trends in suburban development since the recession.  An optional tour of Gewalt Hamilton’s new office will also be offered.


  • Mary Bak, Development Services Advisor with the Kinzie Real Estate Group, will present her firm’s work in building strategies that help bring distressed properties back to maarket.  Prior to joining the Kinzie Group, Mary served for 28+ years as the director of planning and economic development for the Village of Glenview.
  • Scott Gendell, Founder, President, and CEO of the Terraco, Inc., will provide his perspective through the real estate development and management work that his firm has completed throughout the Chicago region.  Built on the values of developing and managing real estate with an emphasis on necessity-based shopping centers, Terraco serves major national brand tenants like Walgreens, Trader Joe’s, and Target, as well as manages mixed use developments with residential, office, and retail components.
  • Tom Burney, Land Use Attorney with the law firm Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, P.C., will offer his insights on trends in suburban development from a legal standpoint.  With extensive experience in municipal law, Tom focuses on land use entitlements, including zoning, subdivision and permit approvals, negotiating and drafting annexation agreements, development agreements and recapture agreements, and municipal finance such as TIF and SSAs.
  • Tom Rychlik, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Engineer at Gewalt Hamilton, will serve as moderator for the panel.


  • WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8:00 am to 10:00 am w/ optional tour to follow
  • WHERE: Gewalt Hamilton Associates, 625 Forest Edge Drive, Vernon Hills IL 60061
  • COST: $15 paid at the door ($5 for students); checks payable to APA-CMS\
  • RSVP: To RSVP, please email [email protected] by February 24th
  • QUESTIONS: For program questions, please contact the CMS Board at [email protected]
  • CM CREDITS: Two (2.00) AICP CM credits pending